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GOOD ALBUM, but...

...I think someone needs to remind them they are a JAZZ band. Guys, either go back to your roots or quit with the false advertising -- stop putting the Jazz Cat on your covers and replace him with a -- I don't know -- a bunny rabbit or something.

love the sound

I have been a Rippingtons fan for 10 years and their sound never ceases to amaze. I can't say I have a favorite cause I love all of their music, but this new album Cote d'Azur is totally awesome. Thanks again for your great sounds, Keep on Rippin'!!!

Not the Same

I think the beginning of this review is quite unfair to Freeman and his band. Kilimanjaro, Weekend in Monaco, Moonlighting, and Curves Ahead were quite funky, edgy albums that truly engaged a good listener. This album is a snoozer just like the last 3 (although I did enjoy Modern Art as a track). "Passage to Marseilles" is the closest track to the Rippingtons' old sound, but is just too restrained still. Russ...we know you have what it takes to make a truly engaging album - stop giving in to this contemporary smooth jazz crowd! It's not you, and your true fans know it!


Formed: 1987

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most popular groups in what is loosely termed "contemporary jazz," the Rippingtons were formed (and have been led ever since) by guitarist/keyboardist Russ Freeman (no relation to the veteran West Coast bop pianist of the same name). Freeman (born February 11, 1960, in Nashville) studied at Cal Arts and UCLA, and recorded Nocturnal Playground as a leader in 1985 for the Brainchild label, a one-man project. In 1987, he was approached to record for the Japanese Alfa label and came up with...
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